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Kings Go Forth, Soul Summit DJs Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Fri., June 18, 9 p.m. 2010

Representing Milwaukee in the vintage soul revival that also includes Sharon Jones and Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Kings Go Forth are a prismatic celebration of the genre's past glories and future potential—they make an excellent case that the recent resurgence of interest in soul ought to continue for decades to come. In the 70s lead vocalist Jesse "Black Wolf" Davis was in a midwestern group called the Essentials that recorded some unreleased tracks in Curtis Mayfield's studio, and his high tenor, similar to Mayfield's, makes comparisons pretty much inevitable—albeit about as enlightening as likening a garage band to the Stooges, a metal band to Black Sabbath, or a polka band to Frank Yankovic & His Yanks. It helps that The Outsiders Are Back (Luaka Bop), which mostly collects the band's singles to date, is rife with Mayfieldisms—not a bad thing, mind you. Kings Go Forth are a tentet, and their buoyant arrangements—the disco foundation of "Don't Take My Shadow," the Purdie shuffle of "High on Your Love," the ahead-of-the-beat drive of "Now We're Gone"—allow everybody so much freedom to play that the rich three-part vocal harmonies and killer horn charts can kick the songs up to majestic heights. —Brian Costello

Price: $5

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